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Is Capuano the right coach for the Islanders?
The New York Islanders ended their playoff drought last season under bench boss Jack Capuano, but this season he will need to prove that he is the right coach for the franchise. The Isles are emerging as a potential contender that features some skill.
John Tavares is a superstar, Matt Moulson is an underrated winger and there are a number of prospects such as Ryan Strome and Griffin Reinhart who could make their debut in the next two years. The team is also moving to Brooklyn, so they will become a more attractive UFA destination.
With that in mind, will Capuano be the coach of this team once they hit their peak? The situation with the Islanders could become similar to what the Oilers did when they hired Dallas Eakins.
Tom Renney and Ralph Kruger served their roles as a mentor, and then another coach was hired when the team was ready to compete. Given the skill on the Oilers roster, there is no reason why they can't make the playoffs this season.
No one is saying that Capuano is on the hot seat, but if the Islanders struggle this season management may decide to make a coaching change.